Four new NEVZA International Referee Candidates

CEV referee commission organised an international referee course in Caorle, Italy, on December 12- 20. Twentysix new referees from 23 countries participated, four of them came from NEVZA countries.

Picture from left: Niklas Kjaer Thomsen, Helena Persson, SWEDEN, Thomas André Transeth, NOR, and Marko Oravainen, FIN.

Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden each have a new international referee candidate, after their participation in the EIRCC in Caorle close to Venezia in Italy. Niklas Kjaer Thomsen, Marko Oravainen, Thomas André Transeth, and Helena Persson, are the names of the new generation young referees within NEVZA. After passing their theoretical and practical examinations on site in Caorle, the 26 referees involved in this year’s EIRCC now have three years to achieve the full status of international referees. We wish them all luck in their important contribution to the development of volleyball.

For more information, see the CEV homepage.

Double Finnish victory in U17W and U18M 1st Round Qualifiers

This weekend, Denmark hosted two 1st Round Qualifiers for U17W and U18M in the NEVZA zone. In both tournaments, Finland proved to be the strongest of the Nordic nations and thus qualified directly to the Final Rounds of the European Championship. Norway’s U17 girls and Denmark’s U18 boys came second, and continue to the second round of the qualification.

In Spar Nord Arena Køge near Copenhagen, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands and hosting nation Denmark participated in the U17W 1st Round Qualifier. Throughout the weekend, Finland delivered a strong performance, winning all their pool games 3-0. In the final game against Norway, who had only lost to Finland in the pool games, Finland managed to take yet another 3-0 win and thus won the tournament and the golden ticket to the U17W European Championship Final Round to be held in July 2022 in Czech Republic. Norway moves on to the second round of the qualification, which will be held in April 2022.

In the other side of the country, the exact same nations were competing in the U18M tournament. On the boy’s side, Finland was also strongest in the pool play, followed closely by Denmark. The two nations fought a nerve wrecking tie break match in the first day of the tournament and faced each other again in the final match Sunday afternoon. The final was a constant close race, where both teams had momentum. In the end, Finland however stayed calm and closed the game 3-1 in their favor. Thus, the Finnish boys also qualified directly to the Final round of the competition, played in July in Georgia. Denmark moves on to the second round of the qualification which will be held in April 2022.

All games can be watched on Volleyball Danmark’s YouTube

Girls 1st Round (Zonal), Köge, Denmark 17th-19th of December 2021
Final: Finland – Norway 3 – 0 (25-22, 25-18, 26-24)

Ranking

  1. Finland
  2. Norway
  3. Denmark
  4. Faroe Islands
  5. Iceland

The girls tournament on Facebook.
For further information, see CEV tournament page.

Boys 1st Round (Zonal), Årre, Denmark 17th–19th of December 2021
Final Finland – Denmark 3 – 1 (25-22, 22-25, 29-27, 25-23)

Ranking

  1. Finland
  2. Denmark
  3. Norway
  4. Faroe Islands
  5. Iceland

Follow the boys tournament on Facebook.
For further information, see CEV tournament page.

Pool results
Girls
Faroe Islands – Finland 0 – 3 (16-25, 11-25, 8-25)
Iceland – Norway 0 – 3 (17-25, 14-25, 12-25)
Finland – Denmark 3 – 0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-13)
Norway – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-14)
Denmark – Iceland 3 – 0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-17)
Norway – Finland 0 – 3 (21-25, 17-25, 19-25)
Faroe Islands – Denmark 0 – 3 (19-25, 19-25, 21-25)
Finland – Iceland (25-15, 25-15, 25-16)
Denmark – Norway 0 – 3 (22-25, 11-25, 20-25)
Iceland – Faroe Islands 0 – 3 (19-25, 9-25, 22-25)

Boys
Iceland – Finland 0 – 3 (9-25, 7-25, 8-25)
Norway – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-17)
Finland – Denmark 3 – 2 (27-25, 25-19, 15-25, 24-26, 15-11)
Faroe Islands – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-13)
Denmark – Norway 3 – 1 (25-13, 22-25, 27-25, 25-18)
Faroe Islands – Finland 0 – 3 (17-25, 19-25, 15-25)
Iceland – Denmark 0 – 3 (2-25, 5-25, 14-25)
Finland – Norway 3 – 0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-14)
Denmark – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-9, 25-16, 25-13)
Norway – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-9)

 

CEV U17/U18 Volleyball EuroVolley 2022 1st round

Denmark will organize the first round of the 2022 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championships. The first round is organized by the Zonal Associations, and the NEVZA countries participating are the host Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland and Norway. Girls U17 will gather in Køge and boys U18 in Årre i Varde for matches 17th-19th of December.

All matches from both boys and girls will be streamed on Volleyball Denmark YouTube.

Girls’ tournament
1st Round (Zonal) – Girls in Køge, Denmark 17th-19th of December 2021

Day 1 17th of December
13:00 Faroe Islands – Finland
15:00 Iceland – Norway
18:00 Finland – Denmark
20:00 Norway – Faroe Islands
Day 2 18th of December
10:00 Denmark – Iceland
12:00 Norway – Finland
16:00 Faroe Islands – Denmark
18:00 Finland – Iceland
Day 3 19th of December
10:00 Denmark – Norway
12:00 Iceland – Faroe Islands
17:00 FINAL Rank 1 – Rank 2

Name of Hall: Spar Nord Arena Address: Ved Stadion 2B, 4600 Køge

Follow the girls tournament on Facebook.
For further information, see CEV tournament page.

Boys’ Tournament
1st Round (Zonal) – Boys in Årre i Varde, Nordenskov, Denmark 17th–19th of December 2021

Day 1 17th of December
10:00 Iceland – Finland
12:00 Norway – Faroe Islands
16:00 Finland – Denmark
18:00 Faroe Islands – Iceland
Day 2 18th of December
10:00 Denmark – Norway
12:00 Faroe Islands – Finland
16:00 Iceland – Denmark
18:00 Finland – Norway
Day 3 19th of December
10:00 Denmark – Faroe Islands
12:00 Norway – Iceland
17:00 FINAL Rank 1 – Rank 2

Name of Hall: Hellehallen Address: Vrenderupvej 40C, 6818 Årre

Follow the boys tournament on Facebook.
For further information, see CEV tournament page.

NEVZA U19 Volleyball Championships: Dream Teams and MVP’s

As usual, the tournament is closed when the the participating teams vote for the All Star teams and Most Valuable Players. In the NEVZA 2021 Volleyball Championships in Rovaniemi, the following players were honoured:

Dream Team, girls:
Setter: Moona Tarkiainen, FIN
Middle blockers: Miia-Maria Mäkikyrö FIN and Ella Peltomaa FIN
Spikers: Caroline Krogh DEN and Elin Larsson SWE
Opposite: Neea-Maria Joki FIN
Libero: Juulia Jäppinen FIN
Dream Team, boys:
Setter: Anton Jeppesen DEN
Middle blockers: Miika Haapaniemi FIN and Oskar Pontoppidan DEN
Spikers: Marius Hansen DEN and Hampus Ekstrand SWE
Opposite: Simon Uhrenholt DEN
Libero: Joonatan Salpakari FIN
Most valuable players, girls:
Finland: Neea-Maria Joki
Sweden: Elin Larsson
Denmark: Caroline Krogh
Iceland: Jóna Arnarsdóttir
Faroe Islands: Jakobina Joensen
Most valueable players, boys:
Denmark: Simon Uhrenholt
Finland: Nico Mäki-Valtari
Sweden: Hugo Morency
Norway: Jo Gladøy Sunde
Iceland: Valens Ingimundarsson
Faroe Islands: Mattias Isakssen

 

Finland, Denmark and Sweden on the podium in NEVZA U19 Championships

All eight NEVZA nations were supposed to come to the 2021 NEVZA U19 Championship in Rovaniemi, Finland. Unfortunately, some teams had to withdraw due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But the participating teams made it to Rovaniemi in north Finland and showed that they had made their homework and showed impressing skills.

England has been forced to cancel participation in all NEVZA tournaments this autumn as Covid-19 is still locking the country. Greenland was supposed to come, but has a similar situation. In the last minute, the Norwegian girls team also had to withdraw as one of their players got Covid-19 and the medical protocol does not allow participation. Luckily enough for the boys’ team and tournament, they had not been in contact with the girls team.

Rovaniemi, a medium-sized city in Lappland, in the far north of Finland, is mostly known for being the hometown of Santa Claus. It also has a reputation of being a sports’ centre. The Santasport Olympic center is the hub with volleyball clubs Wovo Rovaniemi womens’ and Lakkapää mens’ volleyball clubs.

On October 28th, girls and boys from Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden gathered for the three-day 2021 NEVZA U19 Championships. The matches were played in two arenas, Santasport Olympic training center and Keltakangas Sports hall. With the short notice withdrawal of the Norwegian team, the schedule needed to be remade on the technical meeting.

With five teams, the the girls played in one pool where the first and second team were directly qualified for the final. The bronze match was played with the third team and the winner in the match between fourth and fifth teams. Sweden won a really tight five set game against Denmark and thus made it to the final. In the quarter final, Iceland got a revenge for the loss against Faroe Islands in the pool play. 3-1 and bronze match against Denmark. While fighting for the stands, Iceland didn’t get back to the standard in the previous matches. Denmark was determined to win the medals and did so, 3-0 and only losing 42 points. In the final, Sweden met pool winner host team of Finland.The first set went all the way to a 32-30 win for Finland. After that Sweden lost the good energy and Finland could win the two following sets easily with 25-13, 25-12.

The boys played in two pools, with three teams in each. In pool A, Finland won both matches against Iceland and Sweden with 3-0 rather comfortable and where directly qualified for the semifinal. Sweden made a good start game versus Iceland and took the second place. In pool B, Faroe Island started against Denmark. They lost the first set with big figures, but challenged in the second and third. The scenario was repeated in the second match against Norway. In the pool final, Denmark made an impressive game and won 3-0. Sweden won rather easily in the match against Faroe Island but and played well against Denmark in the semifinal. But Denmark was stronger and won the important last balls, thus advancing to the final. On the other half, Norway won a tough five-setter against Iceland and then challenged the hosts Finland with a similar match profile. Both matches ended 15-11 in the fifth set. Bronze match Norway – Sweden, final Finland – Denmark. Norway started the bronze match best but after the first won set, Sweden played better and better and winning the fourth set and the match 25-11. In the final, Denmark won the two first sets rather easy but was then hit by the classical third-set-syndrome. Finland came back with a 25-14 win taking the match to four sets. They almost made it to a fifth, but Denmark managed to close the set with a tight 26-24 win.

Games were streamed on YouTube and via lapinkangas.fi.

Medal matches and ranking, for all pole and qualification results see below.
Girls
Gold medal match: Finland– Sweden 3 – 0 (32-30, 25-13, 25-12)
Bronze medal match: Denmark – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-15)

Ranking

  1. Finland
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark
  4. Iceland
  5. Faroe Islands

Boys
Gold medal match Denmark – Finland 3 – 1 (25-15, 25-13, 14-25, 26-24)
Bronze medal match Sweden – Norway 3 – 1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-11)
5th/6th boys Iceland ​- Faroe Islands 3 – 1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-17)

Ranking

  1. Denmark
  2. Finland
  3. Sweden
  4. Norway
  5. Iceland
  6. Faroe Islands

A great thanks to the Finish Volleyball Federation for an excellent organisation. All participants look forward to come back next year, together with the teams that still couldn’t make it this year.

For further information and more pictures, visit the Facebook page.

Pool results

Girls
Iceland – Finland 0 – 3 (25-27, 21-25, 16-25)
Finland – Denmark ​3 – 0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-21)
Sweden – Iceland 3 – 1 (23-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-22)
Denmark – Faroe Islands 3 – 1 (25-11, 15-25, 25-13, 25-10)
Faroe Islands – Sweden 0 – 3 ( 19-25, 12-25, 11-25)
Faroe Islands – Finland 0 – 3 (24-26, 9-25, 19-25)
Finland – Sweden 3 – 0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-16)
Sweden – Denmark 3 – 2 (25-20, 25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 16-14)
Denmark – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-19)
Iceland – Faroe Islands 1 – 3 (25-17, 23-25, 18-25, 22-25)

Quarterfinal Girls
​Faroe Islands – Iceland 1 – 3 (25-20, 22-25, 19-25, 21-25)

Boys Pool A
Iceland – Sweden 0 – 3 (20-25, 21-25, 15-25)
Finland – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-14)
Sweden – Finland 0 – 3 (14-25, 16-25, 16-25)

Boys Pool B
Denmark – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-23)
Faroe Islands – Norway 0 – 3 (13-25, 20-25, 23-25)
Denmark – Norway 3 – 0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-17)

Quarterfinals Boys
Sweden – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-21, 25-11, 25-18)
Norway – Iceland 3 – 2 (25-13, 25-19, 17-25, 23-25, 15-11)

Semifinals Boys
Finland – Norway 3 – 2 (19-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21, 15-11)
Denmark – Sweden 3 – 0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-19)

NEVZA U19 Championship in Rovaniemi

After the U17 NEVZA Championship two weeks ago, it is now time for the older Under-Age group U19 to compete for the Championship medals. The tournament is taking place in Rovaniemi, in the two halls Santasport and Keltakangas .

Over three days, teams from Denmark, Faroe Island, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the host nation Finland will compete in the U19 NEVZA Championship. The nations play round robin Friday and Saturday, while the placement games will be played Saturday and Sunday.

Information and updates for the tournament can be found on Woman’s Volleyball homepage womanvolley.fi.

All afternoon/evening games will be streamed: lapinkangas.fi/live

Tournament Schedule: NEVZA U19 (G=Girls, B=Boys)
29/10 09:00 – 30/10 15:30 Pool matches
30/10 10:00 – 30/10 16:30 Placement matches

30/10 09:30 3rd/4th place B (Santasport)
30/10 11:00 5th/6th place B (Keltakangas)
30/10 12:00 1st/2nd place B (Santasport)

30/10 13:30 3rd/4th place G (Keltakangas)
30/10 14:30 1st/2nd place G (Santasport)

Sweden’s boys coach Göran Persson states that “finally we are playing again”. After a 1400 km and 20 hours long bus ride from the Sports gymnasium Falköping in Sweden, 24 players has arrived and won their initial matches.

– “It is a good competition for many countries in preparation for EuroVolley qualifications 2022”, Göran Person continues. “We believe that Finland is a little bit ahead, but it should be rather tight between us, Denmark and Norway behind”, concludes Göran looking forward to see how the different teams have managed developing during the pandemic.


Photo Robert Boman

NEVZA U17 Volleyball Championships: Dream Teams and MVP’s

All players are winners, but they also had the chance to select players that stood out a little bit extra through the tournament. The teams voted for the Dream Teams and MVP, Most Valuable Player, for both genders.

Dream Team Girls:
Setter: Tota Buadottir, Faroe Islands
Opposite: Lejla Sara Hadziredzepovic, Iceland
Outside hitter: Soldis Björk Leifsdottir, Iceland
Outside hitter: Sofia Milina Mol, Norway
Middle blocker: Heba Sol Stefansdottir, Iceland
Middle blocker: Selma Tryggestad Hodne, Norway
Libero: Agnes Björk Augustsdottir, Iceland
Most Valuable Player: Soldis Björk Leifsdottir, Iceland
Dream Team Boys:
Setter: Kristoffer Nørager Bisgaard, Denmark
Opposite: Espern Vik, Norway
Outside hitter: Laurits Schultz Thynebjerg, Denmark
Outside hitter: Bjarni Joensen, Faroe Islands
Middle blocker: Felix Jarl Willemoes Behrend, Denmark
Middle blocker: Johannes Lagesen Fagervold, Norway
Libero: Emil Severin Olsen, Norway
Most Valuable Player: Laurits Schultz Thynebjerg, Denmark

Relief, joy and a lot of fun when NEVZA restart with U17

Four of eight nations made it to the 2021 NEVZA U17 Championship in Ikast, Denmark. The teams from Denmark, Faroe Island, Iceland and Norway played at an impressing high level after the long period without exchange and with closed borders.

Ikast, a small town in the middle of Jutland is mostly known for its fashion industry, with companies like BestSeller and DK Company. It is also known as a sports’ hub, with a leading men’s volleyball and women’s handball teams and the development centre and high schools for volleyball, handball and football among other sports.

On October 17th, the girls and boys from Denmark, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Norway gathered in the students’ apartments at the sport centre for three days of competition. With all the facilities for food and lodging, a short walk to training and competition halls, and the special Danish “hygge” (conviviality), it gives the players and leaders best possible conditions.

The gathering in Ikast is not only for the under-age national teams. In parallel, two youth camps are run. The two camps are “Young Guns’ Camp”, addressing youth born 2006-07 and “Volleyball Kids and Teens”, for players born 2008 and later. The youngest are 10 years old. At present state it is only Danish participants, but discussions were made on the possibility to invite the other NEVZA members as well. It could then also include meetings for the coaches, to share their experiences and methodologies.

In the girls’ competition pool play, Norway and Denmark started of with rather easy victories against Faroe Islands and Iceland respectively. When they fought a tough battle, a tight five-set game and 18-16 win for Denmark, most people expected both teams to make it to the final. But Iceland had other plans, in the next match they beat Norway in straight set. Denmark had a really challenge against Faroe Islands, in another five-set game. Eventually, they managed to win the fifth set and thereby the pool. The bronze medal match started with a nail-biting set, before Norway decided with 29-27. After the loss, Faroe Islands lost their game and Norway could win comfortably. In the final, Iceland started of best. With heavy spikes from both outside and opponent spikers, they didn’t allow Denmark into the game. Denmark raised their level in the second set, taking an early lead. But Iceland came back and after that they dominated on the court.

 

The boys pool play started with a strong game from host Denmark, a level they kept all the way through the pool play. They lost only one set, against the second team Norway. It looked like Norway could challenge the hosts, but after the win in first set the Danes dominated in the following two sets. In the fourth set Norway had the lead but never manage to close it. Denmark came back and won 28-26. Other from this, Norway lost only one set to Faroe Islands. Faroe Islands impressed in the matches against Iceland, both in the pool and the bronze medal match. Denmark started the final in a furious tempo and never let Norway into the match. While both teams performed really well, with good reception and hard spikes on both sides, the determination of the hosts was impressing and Denmark is the new boys’ champion.

All the games were streamed on YouTube. For the finals, the spectator figures raised to over 200 in the arena and 300 behind the screens.

Medal matches and ranking, for all pole results see below.
Girls
Gold medal match: Iceland – Denmark 3 – 0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-19)
Bronze medal match: Norway – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (29-27, 25-8, 25-19)

Ranking

  1. Iceland
  2. Denmark
  3. Norway
  4. Faroe Islands

Boys
Gold medal match Denmark – Norway 3 – 0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-18)
Bronze medal match Faroe Islands – Iceland 3- 0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-14)

Ranking

  1. Denmark
  2. Norway
  3. Faroe Islands
  4. Iceland

A great thanks to the Danish Volleyball Federation for an excellent organisation, led by the experienced Sven Brix. All participants look forward to come back next year, together with the teams that still couldn’t make it this year.

For further information and more pictures, visit the Facebook page.

Pool results
Girls
Norway – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-20)
Denmark – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-17)
Iceland – Faroe Islands 3 -1 (25-11, 17-25, 25-18, 25-16)
Denmark – Norway 3 – 2 (13-25, 25-15, 16-25, 25-20, 18-16)
Denmark – Faroe Islands 3 – 2 (20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 15-10)
Iceland – Norway 3 – 0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-20)

Boys
Denmark – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-13, 25-7, 25-14)
Norway – Faroe Islands 3 – 1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Faroe Islands – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-10)
Denmark – Norway 3 – 1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 28-26)
Norway – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-8, 25-11, 25-14)
Denmark – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-10)

NEVZA U17: Two days of pool plays – teams are ready for medal matches

After two days with outstanding matches, the NEVZA U17 Volleyball teams are now ready for the medal matches. Host Denmark has managed to have both girls and boys fighting for the title.

Match schedule for the boys Wednesday the 20th of October:
09:00 Girls match for the bronze medal: Norway – Faroe Islands

11:00 Boys match for the bronze medal: Faroe Islands – Iceland

13:30 Girls match for the gold medal: Denmark – Iceland

15:30 Boys match for the gold medal: Denmark – Norway

Match comments and pictures on Facebook. Follow the matches streamed on Youtube, search for Nevza U17 2021.

U17 NEVZA Championship returns to Ikast

After almost two years without NEVZA tournaments for our youth national teams, we are excited to finally be back in Ikast, Denmark, where the U17 NEVZA Championship is taking place from October 18th-20th.

Over three days, U17 teams from Norway, Faroe Island, Iceland, and the host nation Denmark will compete in the U17 NEVZA Championship. The nations play round robin Monday and Tuesday, while the placement games will be played Wednesday.

All games will be streamed through YouTube: http://youtube.com/channel/UC5PZF5SAARlzgmjMj8s0Rag/live

Updates regarding the tournament can be found on the Facebook page NEVZA U17 Volleyball Championship

Tournament Schedule: NEVZA U17 (G=Girls, B=Boys)
18/10 09:00 NOR – FAR  G
18/10 11:00 DEN – ISL  G
18/10 13:00 DEN – ISL  B
18/10 15:00 NOR – FAR  B
18/10 17:00 ISL – FAR  G
18/10 19:00 DEN – NOR  G

19/10 09:00 FAR – ISL  B
19/10 11:00 DEN – NOR  B
19/10 13:00 DEN – FAR  G
19/10 15:00 NOR – ISL  G
19/10 17:00 NOR –  ISL  B
19/10 19:00 DEN – FAR  B

20/10 09:00 G3 – G4 3. pl
20/10 11:00 B3 – B4 3. pl
20/10 13:30 G1 – G2 1. pl
20/10 15:30 B1 – B2 1. pl